Monthly Archives: October 2020

Lifetouch Picture Day

We are happy to have our school Lifetouch Picture Day on Thursday November 12th.

We will post more information about their safety protocols, and the picture day itself on Monday November 2nd.

Students will be bringing another reminder home next week!

St Margaret PARKING LOT SAFETY

Thank you, parents and caregivers, for working with us to make drop off and pick up a safe time for everyone!

Just a reminder that our parking lot is CLOSED EXCEPT FOR BUSSES, TAXIS AND APPROVED VEHICLES during drop off/ pick up times.

Please continue to drop off on Saginaw Pkwy., Cowan Blvd. and other side-streets that you feel are safe. Please do not block driveways.

There are a few approved by the Principal ‘parent’ vehicles due to personal circumstances!

Regardless of the weather the parking lot will remain closed at these busy times.

Please continue to cross the street with our Crossing Guard only.

Also 3-point turns are very dangerous so refrain, especially in our entrance and exit areas!!

Thank you for always wearing your mask on school property and practicing safe social distancing while dropping off and picking up your children!

MASKS and Halloween

Students will be receiving MASKS from the Ministry and the WCDSB today or Monday. Each student will receive 1 black mask from the Ministry and 3 additional grey ones from the Board. Students can also continue to wear their own masks! Please continue to ensure that the students have a clean mask to wear each day.

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We will celebrate our HALLOWEEN SPIRIT on Friday, Oct. 30th. Students and staff are invited and encouraged to wear their costumes to school.

Please ensure that your child’s costume/clothing is appropriate for school. Students are to wear non-violent costumes/clothing along with their mask/face covering. Please also do not send props that can be damaged. We are discouraging ‘inflatable’ costumes this year to respect our COVID protocols. Students are expected to manage their own costumes (especially for washroom breaks).

Costume Masks DO NOT replace the wearing of their own ‘safe’ mask.

Students and staff can also wear black and orange!

 

At this time, please do not send Halloween treats.

More information will be sent out next week about class and school activities planned for Friday October 30th.

Thank you for your understanding.

 

Mr. J. Schnarr

Grade 3 First Holy Communion This Saturday

We wish our grade 3 students all the best as they receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion at St. Patrick Church.
Grade 3 students Aguiar – Medeiros will receive the sacrament at 10 am on Sat., Oct. 24.
Grade 3 students Mikolajczyk – Zoleta will receive the sacrament at 1 pm on Sat., Oct. 24.
All students are expected to arrive 1/2 hr. prior as Fr. Ross will need to go over some things with them. Students are to sit in the pew that has their First Holy Communion Certificate in the pew. They can invite a maximum of 6 guests who are expected to sit in the same pew as the student. Masks are mandatory.

A special thanks to Father Ross, Ms. Kavannah, Mrs. Idzik, and Mrs. McKinley!

Keep the students and their families in your prayers!

COVID-19 has been identified at St. Margaret CES

Dear St. Margaret Parents / Guardians:

 

A case of COVID-19 has been identified at St. Margaret CES.  Public Health has identified one classroom as high-risk contacts. 

All students in that one class have been dismissed by the school as high-risk contacts of the case and advised to self-isolate at home. Public Health will be calling all high-risk contacts from the identified class cohort.

At this point in time, all other students and staff can continue to attend school and are advised to self-monitor for symptoms and seek testing if symptoms develop.

Please know that St. Margaret CES as well as staff at our school board head office are working with Region of Waterloo Public Health to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in students, staff and the community.

What does this mean for students at the school?

  • Public Health will work with the school to identify high risk student and staff contacts of the confirmed case.
  • Parents/guardians of students who have been identified as high risk contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly by Region of Waterloo Public Health and provided specific directions related to the need for the student to self-isolate and get tested
  • Parents/guardians of students who have been identified as low risk contacts of a confirmed case will not be contacted directly by Public Health and are not required to self-isolate. The school will provide general information for these students and families.
    • Students and families who have been identified as low risk contacts of the case should self-monitor for symptoms
    • Students who develop symptoms should self-isolate at home and get tested at an Assessment Centre
  • In the event a cohort must self-isolate or the school must close, you will be notified by the school. The school will keep you informed about any plans regarding return to school.
    • The term cohort includes students and staff in the same class, students involved in group activities or who have been in shared spaces during school, students that ride the same bus, attend before/after school care, or participate in extracurricular programming together.
  • Continue to monitor and screen your child for symptoms of COVID-19 daily.

What is COVID-19?

·         COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans

  • COVID-19 symptoms include, but are not limited to fever, cough, trouble breathing, sore throat or nasal congestion. A list of symptoms, including atypical signs and symptoms, can be also be found in the ‘COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms’ on the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website
  • People may be able to pass COVID-19 to others from 48 hours before symptoms begin to 14 days after the start of symptoms

Additional COVID-19 resources can be found on Region of Waterloo Public Health’s COVID-19 webpage at http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/COVID19.

 

Mr. J. Schnarr – Principal

 

Class Reorganization as of Oct. 13

Dear St. Margaret Families,

 

With the Transition Window providing the opportunity for families to return to conventional learning (face to face) at St. Margaret or change to virtual learning through St. Isidore, we will see a change in enrolment as of Oct. 13th.

We will have a reduction of one Primary class. As a result of this change Mrs. Mackay (currently Kindergarten) will be assigned to St. Isidore on-line learning and Mrs. Dow (currently Grade 2) will be our Kindergarten teacher in Room 23 beginning Tuesday October 13th. Mrs. Dow’s students will be reassigned to other classes.

 

As a result, we will have to make a change to most classes. Families of students who are moving will be contacted by a letter indicating the change on Thursday October 8th. Please note that class moves have been made with the student’s academic and social needs in mind.

 

 

 

Your support during this transition time is appreciated.

Mr. Jodie Schnarr,

Your Principal

 

Important Information

 

Happy Fall St. Margaret! Just like the changing of the season and the weather, there are lots of changes at school, sometimes daily.

I really appreciate the patience, and trust shown towards the school and staff as this is a year like no other!

Here are is some information to keep you informed and up to date:

  1. For students new to St. Isidore beginning October 13th:

“Attention parents and students who will be joining the St Isidore Catholic Virtual School after Thanksgiving. to ensure you can join your virtual class next week, please take some time now to make sure you know your login and password and that you can access your Board email and GAFE account. St Isidore Teachers and Administrators will be contacting you through email to provide you with important information regarding your virtual class, so it is important that you can access this. Please note – invitations to your class may not come before Monday, October 12”

The next time to consider on-line learning at St. Isidore will be November 4-6.

  1. Tomorrow Wednesday October 7th, we recognize Rowan’s Law Day to help educate ourselves on ‘concussions. Staff and students are encouraged to wear purple!

 

  1. Thank you for your support of our Terry Fox Day: Way to go Scotties! Thank you so much for your support! This year we were able to raise $1885.00 for the Terry Fox Foundation, surpassing last year’s total by $700.00! It is because of your kindness and generosity that we will make a difference in cancer research!

 

  1. October 5th was World Teacher’s Day! As you know the St. Margaret staff are very caring and committed to the health, safety and education of our students. Our families are truly blessed to have such a dedicated staff!!

 

  1. Thank you for wearing orange on Wed. Sept. 30th to honor the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learn more about the history of those schools. The “orange shirt” in Orange Shirt Day refers to the new shirt that Phyllis Webstad was given by her grandmother for her first day of school at St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in British Columbia. When Phyllis arrived at school, they took away her clothes, including her new shirt. It was never returned. To Phyllis, the colour orange has always reminded her of her experiences at residential school.  The message that Phyllis wants to pass along on Orange Shirt Day — and every day — is that every child matters!

 

  1. Students continue to practice our ‘Fire Drills’ as a class. Today we rang the bell and each class completed a practice drill. We will complete 2 more next week.

 

  1. In the following weeks the students will practice our ‘Lock Down’ procedures in case of an emergency!

 

Your proud Principal,

Mr. Schnarr

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